Suwannee Democrat


July 3, 2014

Jasper Market Place reopens under new management

Jasper — A generous crowd turned out for the grand re-opening of Jasper Market Place and Boutique in Jasper on Thursday, June 26, which is under new management by Cherry Everett.

If you’re in the market for antiques and collectibles, or care to browse for that one-of-a-kind special gift for you or a loved one, Jasper Marketplace and Boutique should be on your list of places to browse and buy.

Jasper Marketplace and Boutique is conveniently located in the center of downtown Jasper at 107 Central Ave., and it is within walking distance to other unique shops and restaurants in town. The building used to be home to a grocery store, a library and a dress shop before the original owner of Jasper Marketplace, Mary Kilgore, took over in 2010. Kilgore is the one who discovered the Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum mural hiding underneath wall paneling inside the shop, Everett explained.

“We love it,” said Everett. “It really fits with the antiques.”

Everett and her husband Michael, a retired law enforcement officer who is currently working for the Florida Department of Agriculture, moved from Lake City to Jasper almost two years ago. Her husband, she said, was born in Trenton and the two of them lived there for quite awhile. They have two grown children, Michael and Cynthia, and seven grandkids.

Everett said she and her husband live about a mile from the shop in an historic old, farmhouse that has been added onto numerous times over the last 100 years.

“It’s like a big, 2,700 square foot barn,” she said. “It’s neat.”

This is the third shop Everett has operated. One was Jeannie’s Attic in Alachua and the other was Gracie’s in Callahan that she and her daughter ran.

“The opportunity came up for me to open this shop in Jasper and I decided to do it,” said Everett. “I just love doing this. I have a dog named Gypsy (a Maltese) who sometimes comes in and I call her Shop Dog,” she added, laughing.

Everett is also a registered nurse and said she could still be practicing if she wanted to, but for now her focus is on the shop. She said her husband helps her a lot with the business by making unique wooden furniture. One of his pieces on display is a beautifully crafted pie safe. If you don’t know what a pie safe is, it is a place to put your freshly baked pies to cool off after you take them out of the oven. It comes with screened doors to keep the bugs out. Some folks refer to them as pie cupboards.

Everett said her friend Gina Roberson also comes into the shop and works for her on occasion.

After the ceremonial ribbon cutting with friends, family and members of the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce by her side, everyone headed inside the air-conditioned shop to enjoy some light refreshments of sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks. Then it was time for everyone to explore all the unique items throughout the shop. The majority of the items in the shop are Everett’s and her sister’s, but she also has a few consignment vendors, she said.

Jasper Market Place and Boutique is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Everett said her phone number is on the front door if anyone wants to get in touch with her.

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